Diabetes and Wounds: A Dangerous Combination
Wound Care Specialists Can Help You Heal
“People with diabetes are at risk for developing hard-to-heal wounds that can cause serious infections”, says wound care specialist Steven Bowers, DO, Network Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at St. Luke’s University Health Network. “Diabetes and wounds are a dangerous combination” Dr. Bowers says. “Left untreated, wounds can become infected. These infections can be quite serious and can result in amputation or even death.”
Technological Advances Have Transformed Surgery
Medicine has progressed dramatically over the past 20 years, but perhaps no area has evolved more quickly than surgery. “In the 1990s, we performed surgery totally differently,” said Marian McDonald, MD, Chief, General Surgery, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “The change is as great as the difference between a rotary phone and the latest smart phone.” Today, the majority of surgeries are performed using minimally invasive procedures. To describe the impact, Dr. McDonald referenced gall bladder surgery. In the 1990s, surgeons reached the organ by cutting through the patient’s skin and muscle. As a result, patients spent many days in the hospital and needed several weeks to recover.
New Procedure Uses Ring of Magnets to Treat GERD
When you were young, you thought nothing about a late-night pizza delivery or a run to an all-night greasy diner. For many older adults, however, such an indulgence today would result in a painful, restless night. “Over the years, we’ve become more susceptible to developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause acid indigestion in the throat or a burning sensation in the chest, commonly called heartburn”, said Noel Martins, MD, of St. Luke’s Gastroenterology Specialists.
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Home Is Where the Heart Is
“I’m homesick! I’m homesick!” “But you’re at home!” “I know — and I’m sick of it!” A house is not the same as a home. That’s not just true in the dictionary — it’s true in our lives. Turtles and snails aren’t the only ones who carry their homes with them; we do it too! Holidays are home times. Like the pillow says, “All hearts come home for Christmas.” Home is the place where you feel comfortable. The physical location can change over time. Home could be a barracks, a tent, a trailer, a cell, or a hotel room. In a sense, any place in which you are housed can become a home, even temporarily, if you have the right attitude and the right companions.